Objecting to renaming Gurgaon and Mewat, the CPI(M) on Wednesday alleged that the BJP government’s move was motivated by narrow considerations.
Gurgaon being named as Gurugram is absolutely unacceptable, Haryana CPI(M) secretary Surender Singh said. Similar attempts were made earlier also but had to be dropped for logically justified reasons, he added.
Dronacharya, from whom the name of the city is drawn, “as a guru is believed to be a symbol of denial of education to dalits and associated with heinous and outrageous episode related to chopping off Eklavya’s thumb in the Mahabharata epic”, he said.
The CPI(M) also said the Khattar government had taken the “repugnant step” ahead of April 14, which marks the 125th birth anniversary of Dr B R Ambedkar who fought against untouchability and caste-based discrimination.
Similarly, the change of Mewat district’s name to Nuh is motivated by narrow communal consideration as Mewat has a distinct historical and cultural identity in itself, Singh alleged.
The party appealed to all “democratic and social justice loving organisations and individuals” to raise their voice against decisions taken by Haryana Cabinet and force it to retain the original names as Gurgaon and Mewat.